Just to liven up the TKD forum, maybe those endless line drills of block, punch, kick, block, etc. aren't so dumb as I, and probably more than a few others thought. With all the craze being for 'alive' training, rote memorization just lost its glamour. In a self defense class last night, our head instructor told us, as nearly as I could make out, that nearly everything we practice in the dojang has to do with self defense, even the line drills. He demonstrated by asking a student to throw punches at him, so he could parry them with the same moves we've done so often: down block, inside block, high block, outside block, etc. It was neat, since I had had some notion of needing to know how to bob and weave like a boxer or something so as to avoid punches. Maybe that's not the end-all, be-all answer, which is a refreshing thought in itself.